Infectious Disease Collaborative

The Infectious Disease Collaborative is responsible for promoting the judicious use of antimicrobials throughout the health system to optimize patient outcomes and limit adverse effects. The collaborative garners consensus among content experts regarding design and implementation of strategies to improve antimicrobial use. Evidence-based medicine and rigorous literature evaluation drive the decision-making process. The collaborative supports the Clinical Pharmacy Council and coordinates with both system-wide and local multidisciplinary committees in order to fulfill its responsibilities.

Meetings:

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee shall meet quarterly or as otherwise deemed necessary by the Chair.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as infectious diseases pharmacotherapy subject matter experts by providing antimicrobial use recommendations to a variety of pharmacy and multidisciplinary committees at both the system and local levels.

  • Collaborates with Microbiology to enhance culture identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing and reporting.

  • Refines the electronic medication ordering system in collaboration with Information Technology to facilitate appropriate antimicrobial selection, dosing and duration.

  • Advocates for antimicrobial stewardship throughout the continuum of care.

  • Develops educational materials regarding antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistance.

  • Provides recommendations to the Clinical Pharmacy Council regarding antimicrobial formulary decisions.

  • Designs, executes and reports antimicrobial stewardship quality improvement research.

  • Tracks and monitors antimicrobial stewardship outcome metrics.

  • Develops strategies to ensure compliance with antimicrobial stewardship regulatory requirements.

  • Serves as a representative on the system-wide Infectious Disease Multidisciplinary Collaborative

Membership:

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Pamela Giordano, PharmD, BCPS (Chair)
Infectious Diseases Specialist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy
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Luigi Brunetti, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, CGP
Clinical Pharmacist at RWJ - University Hospital at Somerset and Clinical Associate Professor Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Henry Leach
Henry Leach, PharmD
Clinical Coordinator at Behavioral Health
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Kathryn Mitchell, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Infectious Disease Specialist at Clara Maass Medical Center
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Navaneeth Narayanan, PharmD
Infectious Disease Specialist at RWJ- University Hospital at New Brunswick & Clinical Assistant Professor Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Fay Salek
Fay Salek, PharmD, PhD
Clinical Coordinator at RWJ University Hospital at Rahway
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Monica Shah, PharmD
Infectious Disease Specialist at Monmouth Medical Center
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Steven Smoke, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship at Jersey City Medical Center
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Kristine Sobolewski, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
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Jesse B. Sullivan, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Critical Care at Community Medical Center & Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy